We love having Phil teach our children guitar. We’ve been with Phil for almost 2 years and it’s been a fantastic experience. Our son and daughter have learned so much and it’s great to hear them play new songs. Right off the bat, they started playing and it was amazing. Phil works with them on techniques and chords and even has them singing while playing. At Christmas they played a duet that was wonderful and showed how far they’ve come learning the guitar. Ben and Megan enjoy that Phil will let them pick new songs to learn, so we are strumming away with new tunes on the radio. We would recommend Phil Calkins to anyone who wants to learn to play guitar, be introduced to a wide spectrum of music and as the same time have a great time.
Matt & Lea Vos
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you so much for Saturday.
I had such a great time, you made my birthday celebration a night to
remember! All my friends and family just couldn’t get enough of your great
music and signing. It was a fantastic time and I will always remember my
50th because of you!
I am keeping your card for future reference and have given out your email,
etc. to others who were interested. I’m going to go on your website and
check out your dates to see where you’re playing and hopefully see you in
the near future.
Take care and thanks again.
Kim A Langosch
AVP & Manager – Treasury Operations | HSBC Finance Corp.
1421 W. Shure Drive, Suite 100
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
To whom it may concern,
It is my great pleasure to write this letter in support of a talented musician. I met Phil Calkins
early in 2015 when I hired him to teach my daughter to play her 6 string acoustic guitar. My first
impression was that Phil was easy-going and humble. As lessons progressed, his unique
creativity and responsible attitude towards her education was evident in the progress she was
making. By his example and encouragement, she became eager to practice and perfect her
techniques. Phil was willing to listen to our ideas and was very motivated keep her enjoyment a
This summer, I was also fortunate enough to hire Phil to play for an evening party. He was on
time, professional, and adaptable to the layout of the party. He engaged our guests with songs
they knew, yet kept his music light as to not drown out conversation. He even allowed my
daughter to play along with him. We received great compliments from our guests and he has had
several booking requests as a result.
I would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly recommend Phil Calkins for music
instruction and/or entertainment. His enthusiasm and passion for music is evident in all he
Cory Busch CST/CFA
Instructor, Surgical Technology
Gateway Technical College
I wanted to thank you for the great job you did at my 50th birthday party. It is hard to believe that I first heard you play back in 1986 and as you proved at my party, you are better than ever.
My friends loved your set and the fact that you played everything my daughter requested made the night even better. We are already talking about making the party an annual event and it won’t happen unless you can be there.
Thanks again and please let me know if you ever need a reference.
Happy to write a letter of rec 🙂
Phil played our neighborhood 4th of July backyard party two years in a row.
He’s prompt, courteous, relaxed, fun and TOTALLY made the party! Perfect for
families, he had all ages out dancing this year. He never plays too loud, has
such a positive attitude, is willing to take song requests, and his sound system is excellent.
We would recommend him for any event!
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Jennifer Axelsen (email@example.com)